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With a Democratically controlled government in 1870, voting rights for African Americans were limited and restricted by what became known as the \"white man's\" party, or the Democratic Party, for the next 25 years. During that 25 year span, more African Americans entered the political arena and challenged the Democratic suppression of the suffrage amendment.
This article looks at the suffrage of former slaves in the South after the end of the Civil War and its social and political impacts.Â It is broken into sections that focus on Democratic control of suffrage, the populist-republican fusion, the impact of fusion rule, and the return of the Democrats to power.